Friday, December 19, 2014

Glitter Butterfly

When I saw the new Butterfly Thinlits in the new Occasions Catalog I knew that would be included in my first purchase.  I LOVE them!!!!  This is the largest of the 3, there's another beautiful detailed one that's a little smaller and a third one that just a butterfly outline, but coordinates with a gorgeous set.  I didn't use the set today, this butterfly is pretty large and takes up most of the card.  After I cut out the butterfly I covered it in Versa Mark then in Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder.  So pretty, so sparkly!!! 
When you're dealing with intricate dies sticking them to your card can be tricky.  I prefer to use dimensionals on almost everything, but there's really no room to attach dimensionals to this butterfly or other detailed dies.  But I still want the dimension.  So I used a tip that I've seen in a variety of places, I die cut 4 of the butterflies out of Rich Razzleberry cardstock (you could do more or less depending on how thick you want it to be) and stuck them all together.  This gives me the dimension and it makes the butterfly more sturdy.  I just used tombow to stick it all together, you could also use Crystal effects, or even adhesive sheets.
This card is really fun, I cut out the butterfly again in the center of the card, so that it all fits together when it's closed.  It's really pretty and really fun!!  There's not a lot of room for a message but you can always get creative and write around the wings.  It's so pretty and just so sparkly!!!  How can you not love this card!!!!?!
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Thursday, December 18, 2014

12 Week Til Christmas Countdown: Week 12

Here we are at the end of the countdown.  That can only mean one thing.  Christmas is one week away!!!  I think I saved my favorite card for our last week of the countdown.  This card has bright colors and glitter.  What's not to love!!!  This card took the longest to make of all the cards I made, this is one you do not want to make 100 of, but it's fun to make one for someone special.  To start, I cut 5 of each letter in each of the colors.  Then I used my Tombow to glue all but one of the the Melon Mambo M's together, all the Tempting Turquoise E's together....etc.  Why on earth did I do that?? I wanted the letters to pop up but cutting tiny pieces of dimensionals wasn't the best plan.  I know, I've tried dimensionals with these letters before, they work ok, but I knew I that I'd only be sticking down the top part of each letter and I needed something stronger to hold them down.  Stacking the letters gives them the dimension I waanted while also being able to glue them down with the stronger glue.  The last of each of the letters I stuck down with some temporary adhesive on some scrap paper.  Then I covered them with Versamark, Heat and Stick Powder, heated them, then Dazzling Diamonds.  Then they were super sparkly!!!!  LOVE!!!!!  After they were sparkly I wanted the shiny too, I covered them with Crystal Effects.  At this point I had to let them dry for a while.  Once the letters were dry I attached them to the stacks of letters I had done previously.  The pictures don't show how shiny and sparkly these letters are!
The rest of the card was pretty simple.  I stamped snowflakes in coordinating colors and added rhinestones to them.  I added a thin piece of Vanilla cardstock on the bottom of my snowflake piece and covered that in Crystal Effects.  Once that was dry I glued on my letters and finished my card with 'christmas' stamp.  I could have stuck my letters down on that Vanilla piece while the Crystal effects was still wet but didn't think of that :)   I've had lots of fun with the 12 week countdown!  I hope you've enjoyed it too!!!  If you need to look back at any of the past weeks they're all listed below. 
Week 5

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

New Stuff!

You may have saw this A-DOR-ABLE card on Facebook last week when I posted it.  It's so stinkin' cute, I can't get over it.  This entire set is perfect for me for soooooo many reasons.  Let's name them: 1) I love coloring with Blendabilities, um hello this set is perfect for that!  2) I love sets with animals in them. This could be used for adults or kids, plus with an image this big the kids can stamp and color it to (NOT with my markers though-I'm sure you understand why).  3) I'm a sucker for stamp sets with silly puns.  I will get them all!  This one has fun puns like 'it's pasture birthday' 'from the herd' 'party animals'.  So cute!  How could I resist!?!!  
Obviously I went with Blendabilities to color this image....this time.  I really want to watercolor it too :)  Just when I get all the colors of Blendabilities in the catalog, Stampin' Up! releases more colors!  Of course!!!!  There's two new colors on here, can you guess????  I'll give you a hint Pink Pirouette for the pig and Soft Sky for the sky.  Guess that was more than a hint :)  So super cute!!!  You'll see lots of this set in the future! 
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Customer Appreciation

I have a really quick post today.  It's really late and I've spent the better part of the day in the kitchen beginning my Christmas baking :)  I mentioned yesterday that every December I do a free class for my customers, these are the 4 cards they got to make at my class.  The cards are always quick and simple for this class.  December is a busy time for everyone, this class is not aimed to focus on a technique or product, but rather for me to say 'THANKS!' to my wonderful customers friends with a class that's free for them.  Enjoy the cards.  They're cute but really simple and pretty straight forward. 
This card is so cute and so simple.  No stamping at all. The letters are made with the cute alphabet thinlits in the Annual Catalog. 
We made one card with some new products coming in Janaury.  This sweet balloon set will be in the Occasions catalog.  I love being able to give a fun sneak peek!! 
Finally a quick fun birthday card.  Oh how I love my Gorgeous Grunge set! 
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Monday, December 15, 2014

Happy Root Beer

I don't remember where this idea started, I know that I've seen it lots of times on Pintrest but this was the MOST adorable idea and I knew that I'd be doing this for a class. When my customers come to a class, usually I have some sort of 'thank you' gift.  Usually it's chocolate in a box, bag something cute.  Sometimes though I have a non-chocolate treat, it's rare but it happens sometimes.  I had a customer appreciation class over the weekend.  This is a free class that I do every December (check my blog tomorrow for the cards they made).  They make 4 cards, they're all very simple and don't take long to complete.  It's a fun break from the busy Decembers we've come to know.  These were the 'thank you' gifts I made for them.  They're way too cute!!

They couldn't be easier to make!  I used brown pipe cleaners for the antlers (you could use any colors for the antlers though).  I just twisted them around the top of the bottle then formed them a little so they looked, a little like antlers.  I found some red rhinestones at a big box store (you could also use red pom pom, red glitter, foam, really anything for the nose).  I used a glue gun to attach the eyes and noses.  So super easy!!  I made 20 of them in no time!
Then you attach a tag, I printed at home and used MDS to make the tag.  I cut them apart, added some bakers twine and tied it around the bottle.  So easy and fun.  The tag reads: "Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy Root Beer"  (PS sorry this photo is so dark I had to take pictures on my cell phone at the class since I had forgotton to do it prior!)  
I was able to get 12 tags per sheet.  I have an old, basic, super un-fancy printer, I hardly ever print anything at home, but I needed the tags in a hurry so I tried it, worked great to my surprise!  When you print from home in MDS I like to save my project as a PDF, then open it up and print as a PDF instead of straight from MDS.  I think it's just easier this way. 
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Friday, December 12, 2014

Project Life Christmas Cards

If you follow my blog you know that I'm a My Digital Studio scrapbooker, not a Project Life memory keeper.  But I still love their cards and they're perfect for putting together quick cards.  There is not one ounce of stamping on this card.  Every image you see is from the Hello December Project Life Card Collection by Stampin' Up! These cards are perfect for greeting cards.  They're the right size, they have great images and backgrounds.  How could then not be made for card makers?!!!  I trimmed the cards down a little, the snowflake background was trimmed a little and the 'O Christmas Tree' greeting was cut off another card.  I layered them on some coordinating cardstock.  Super quick and easy! 
The tree was on another card I just used the tree punch to punch it out!  How simple!!!  I added some glimmer paper, because why not!?!  I popped it up on dimensionals and the card was complete!  So fun!  Look through your PLxSU cards and make your own greeting cards!  This was was so fun and soooo quick! 
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Thursday, December 11, 2014

12 Weeks Til Christmas Countdown: Week 11

I have a different kind of card for you today (don't worry it still has embossing).  I made a fun shaker card! It's so cute!!  I think in my stamping life I've made a total of 2 shaker cards, that include this one :)  I may be wrong and just don't remember other ones but this one is soooo sweet and I love it!!!  For the snowman's shape I used the circle framelits, I believe I used the 3 smallest ones.  I started with the largest of the 3 and cut it out toward the bottom, then did the middle and the top.  Because the circles overlapped I could only do one at a time, but even though I had to run it through my big shot 3 times it still went quickly.  Then I got to build up my shakers card.  I put a window sheet over the circles I just cut out then dimensionals all around the circles.  This part was a little time consuming.  I did learn a tip after I made this card (of course) to use fun foam to do your shaker cards!!  Brilliant idea.  I'll do that for my next one!!  But the dimensionals worked fine.  Once I had the dimensionals on there I put in my sequins.  I put in a lot, probably more than I should have, there's so many of them, there's not a lot of room for them to 'shake', next time I'll also put in some glitter too.  I don't know why I didn't do glitter!  Stick the back on when your shaker is filled and that part is done!!  It really was simple. 
Then I just had to complete my card.  I stamped and embossed my greeting on velum and wrapped it around my snowman.  Then I added some fun texture along the sides of my card.  I used some washi tape and glimmer paper.  This was a really fun card and I'll make more shaker cards in the future for sure!!!! 
Remember to join me next week for week 12. If you've missed the past weeks click the links below.
Week 5

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Chevron Thoughts

I have more embossing today, I told you I'm embossing everything!  This one is a little different and there were a few steps to get my desired look on this card.  It's pretty simple, there's no accessories on here, but I didn't think it needed any, the embossing really adds shine and texture that any accessory would bring.  The flowers are embossed, I really wanted embossed flowers because I knew I'd be stamping the Chevron Background over the flowers and I wanted the flowers to 'resist' the ink.  The easiest way to do that is embossing.  But I'm picky and really wanted my flowers in Mossy Meadow and Lost Lagoon, so I worked quickly and with clear embossing powder I used our classic ink and was able to emboss in the colors I wanted.  You need to work quickly when doing this though, I stamped and covered with embossing powder immediately.  Once the powder is on there, you don't need to work as quickly to heat it but you need to get the powder on them as quickly as you can.  I made 5 of these cards and stamp and powdered them all before heating and that worked fine. 
Once your flowers are embossed stamping the background couldn't be easier.  I used the Chevron Background and Smoky Slate ink.  I stamped the background twice on scrap paper before my project.  I really wanted a toned down gray and stamping off a couple of times is the easies way to achieve that look.  Another trend I'm loving lately, you may have noticed, is stamping and embossing my greetings on vellum and wrapping them around the card.  I've found this is the best way to add sentiments over images, plus I just LOVE vellum!  When you emboss on vellum hold your heat tool off to the side until it's really hot then melt the powder. Vellum can burn and scorch pretty quickly if you keep heat on it too long, heating up your heat tool off to the side prevents that.  My countdown to Christmas is almost done!  I can't believe it!  Join me tomorrow for Week 11!
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Embossed Woodgrain

While this card is stinkin' cute, this card is all about the heat embossing.  I've been really embossing everything lately.  When I first started stamping heat embossing was really like my WOW technique, it was easy, even a beginner like me could do it, I just loved it!!!  Then I got into more time consume, more advanced techniques and I stopped embossing.  I'd pull it out every once in a while but I not as much as when I first started.  Now, I'm back to embossing and love it more than ever!  It doesn't matter what you emboss.  It could be the smallest detail on the card, that tiny detail embossed will change the look of your card instantly!  For this card I wanted the wood grain background, but stamping it in ANY color just didn't look great.  I wasn't happy.  After trying it 3 or 4 times I pulled out my white embossing powder and went for a tone on tone background.  I loved it.  It's not overwhelming on the card but it really pulls the card together. 
The bird is super simple and just colored with some Stampin' Write Markers.  I used Real Red, Coastal Cabana, Crumb Cake and Soft Suede.  Once my background was done the rest of the card just fell into place.  If you haven't embossed in a while I encourage you to.  Hate to be quick but gotta run, December is shaping up to be a CRAZY month!  Too many things to do and not enough time to do it!  :)
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Monday, December 8, 2014

Cards From Friends

I've received a couple of really adorable cards from friends lately.  This first one is from Carmelita, she gave this to me a couple weeks ago, she said it reminded her of me....wonder why....couldn't be all that glitter could it???  :)  I love this card.  It's so beautiful!  I have it sitting on my shelf, I love it!!!  Thanks Carmelita!!! 
This next card is from Michelle, she sent this card after her Winter Wonderland Craft Weekend.  How stinkin' cute is that snow man!!!!!?!?!  I love the Melon Mambo with the Crumb Cake, what a fun color combo, but I'd expect nothing less from Michelle.  Thanks Michelle I LOVE IT!!!!
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